After completion of the Minor, students are able to
- describe symptomatology of stress-related psychiatric disorders.
- understand the theoretical framework of gene-environment interaction and
vulnerability/resilience to stress.
- explain how symptomatology can be mapped onto neural systems supporting various
- assess the possibilities and limitations of various methodologies used in cognitive neuroscience and psychiatry.
- explain how fundamental, translational, and clinical research can contribute to improvement of psychiatric treatment.
Stress is a pervasive phenomenon in our lives that can have severe consequences at levels of organization ranging from molecule to population. This course explains the cognitive and neural (dys)functions underlying the development of stress-related psychopathology. It will provide an overview of relevant disorders such as major depression, anxiety disorders, and addiction. The course will explain how symptomatology observed across these disorders can be mapped onto neural systems supporting cognitive functions such as emotion and mood regulation, attention, motivation, and social cognition. Disease development will be discussed within a theoretical framework of gene- environment interaction, which assumes that psychopathology results from a complex interplay of genetic risk factors and environmental stressors. The course has a broad interdisciplinary and translational character: it will explain how animal models for stress-related disorders are developed in molecular and behavioral neuroscience, how (dys)functions of relevant neural systems are investigated using neuroimaging methods in humans, and how knowledge gained from this research is applied to advance treatment.